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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Infographic: When time matters, Eagle Telemedicine is there

Telemedicine enables a remote physician to respond within 15 minutes to a patient suffering a stroke or seizure who's been brought into a rural hospital. They can diagnose, prescribe a thrombolytic drug (or other medication), and determine the most appropriate level of treatment, allowing the patient to remain in their community and the hospital to avoid an unnecessary transfer of an acute patient to a distant tertiary center.

Eagle teleneurologists have an impressive track record: An average response time of 3.5 minutes, and an average diagnosis and treatment time of 21.8 minutes for stroke and other acute neurology patients. It's a top-notch program that can make even the most remote hospital a center for quality neurological care.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Infographic: How Hospitals Can Leverage Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

This new collaborative care infographic shows how nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) can be used in hospital settings to create a new model for healthcare. It outlines the strategies and benefits of using NPs and PAs to help manage inpatients.

 Get physician buy-in consistency of care solution to staffing challenges cost effective coverage Develop workload distribution plan Carefully structure NP/PA onboarding and oversight Consider telemedicine support for remote collaboration Address regulatory and billing issues Define NP/PA scope of practice Does your hospital leverage nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to manage inpatients? NPs and PAs can take the load off hospital physicians and care for less acute patients. COLLABORATIVE SERVICE BENEFITS 6 STEPS TO SUCCESS FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.EAGLEHOSPITALPHYSICIANS.COM COLLABORATIVECARE The “Teams of Two” approach pairs a physician with an NP or PA to work together throughout the day

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Infographic: Why Use Telemedicine in the ICU?

Our newest infographic “Why Use Telemedicine in the ICU?” depicts the hard numbers associated with the dramatic increase in ICU patients as well as the associated shortage of qualified ICU intensivists. It also shows how telemedicine is currently being used in the ICU along with the benefits of cost-savings and improved quality of care that hospitals and other healthcare facilities are realizing.

WHY USE TELEMEDICINE IN THE ICU? The United States is facing a dramatic increase of Intensive care Unit (ICU) patients and a simultaneous shortage of qualified ICU intensivists. Eagle Telemedicine works wnh hospitals to provide remote access to skilled physicians, resulting in demonstrable improvement in patient care and administrative efficiency. THE HARD FACTS ON THE RISE More than 5 million patients are treated in ICUs each year  Typical 24/7 ICU coverage requires 4 providers and costs about $1.2 million HOWEVER Most hospitals cannot afford to staff their ICUs at this level for 2 reasons COST When intensivists manage all ICU patients, a 40% reduction in mortality rates is achievable SHORTAGE Estimates predict a shortfall of 30% of the needed intensivist workforce SOLUTION: TELEMEDICINE BENEFITS REALIZE COST SAVINGS IMPROVE QUALITY & CARE reduce unnecessary transfer of patients create collaborative coverage models with local physicians increase patient volume achieve ROI with incremental DRG reimbursement FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 678.441.8513 OR VISIT WWW.EAGLETELEMEDICINE.COM provide 24/7 access to expert ICU physicians manage gaps in intensivist coverage increase compliance with leapfrog standards and establish best practices guarantee response time of 15 minutes or less for emergencies EAGLE TELEMEDICINE

Monday, March 30, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Eagle Telemedicine's New Services

Eagle Telemedicine has launched a new suite of services particularly for Critical Access Hospitals that use nurse practitioners and physician assistants to provide inpatient care. These non-physician providers (NPPs) are often the primary care givers in many rural communities, providing care in the clinic, emergency department and inpatient setting.
NPPs are an important and, often times, vital resource in patient care in their respective community and with primary care physician resources dwindling and the pressures of a busy outpatient practice, NPPs may find collaboration with physicians on their in-hospital patients more difficult.
Eagle Telemedicine’s TeleHospitalist service can help. Eagle has a team of inpatient specialists dedicated to collaborating with NPPs for inpatient care. Eagle’s team has over 10 years of telemedicine experience and are all board certified internal medicine physicians.
An Eagle partner, only a few weeks into operations, has been able to successfully collaborate to retain patients in the hospital that would have otherwise been transferred, and receive collaborative training and rounds to ensure that patients receive optimal care for their condition.

Eagle is pleased to be a pioneer in offering this service and welcomes new Critical Access Hospital partners to join this unique model for optimal inpatient care.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Conversation about Credentialing

Sharon Hammill
Credentialing Coordinator

Q: How long have you been doing provider credentialing? How long at Eagle?
A: I have been a credentialing specialist for 15 years. I just reached my anniversary at Eagle, a total of 5 years and 1 month.

Q: How have you seen credentialing change over the years?
A: Since we are in a digital world, more of the process has moved online. There are now online verifications and applications. With online applications, the process is quicker. Even emailing some of the state boards have become popular. The more automated the process the more efficient we have become and I am thankful for that.

Q: What would you want hospitals to know from your perspective?
A: I would advise hospitals to use FCVS (Federation Credentialing Verification Service). It would speed up the process immensely. Unfortunately, FCVS is not a free service so hospitals would have to pay for this. But, I think it is a great investment and it can make the process so much easier for all of us.

Q: How can physicians help in the credentialing process?
A: I would suggest that physicians have all of their documents together such as malpractice information, affiliations, and references to name just a few of the documents that are needed to start the process. If a physician is organized and has all of these items ready, then this makes credentialing easier.

Q: Is Telemedicine Credentialing any different than credentialing a physician who will be seeing patients in-person?
A: No, it is usually the same process.

Q: What challenges have you encountered with telemedicine credentialing?
A: The main challenge is the numerous licenses that are needed for telemedicine.  The more licenses needed, the longer it takes because each license needs to be verified. Additionally, with Telemedicine you are credentialing at several hospitals at one time or within a small time frame.  With each hospital needing the same verifications and references; the references get “burnt out” from so many requests, as do the medical staff offices. The volume of verifications also means a lot of phone calls and follow up.

Q: Do you see any opportunities to improve the process? If so what would you change?
A: For each physician, there are numerous licenses and affiliations that each must be verified.  I would like to see the licensing boards become more uniform. Instead of so many different verifications , the boards should be more cohesive to limit the follow up.

Q: What do you think the future of telemedicine credentialing looks like?
A: I think state licensing will become more uniformed. The process should be easier and not so long. Finger printing and background checks are necessary and can take a while. But the rest of the process should become easier with time and as hospitals engage in telemedicine services routinely.